It’s that time of year when we start assigning people to panels at Bristolcon. We currently have a longlist of around 25 panels, which we will narrow down to the most popular 12-14 which we will run on the day. If you’d like to get involved in the programming, here’s the low-down.
All our panelists are taken from our membership – either paid-up members or previous guests of honour. You won’t be considered for panels if you’re not a paid-up member unless your name starts with Neil and ends with Gaiman, and possibly not even then… And as we’re starting to assign panels within the next few weeks, if you haven’t bought a membership already and want to be considered for a panel you need to do so forthwith, if not sooner.
Unfortunately, it’s possible that not every who volunteers to appear on a panel will get a spot. While we try to assign the panel spots as widely and fairly as possible, we always have more panelists than there are places available, and some people will inevitably be disappointed. Please don’t let that discourage you from volunteering – there are plenty of other things going on, not just panels, and you might be able to get involved with them instead.
We’re keen to see a broad range of people on panels – writers, of course, but also artists, editors, publishers, podcasters, critics, bloggers, short film makers, fans… If you have an opinion, or seven, we’d like to hear from you!
If you want to be considered for panels please let us know and we’ll be in touch!
Tags: Membership · Programme
There are two kinds of people in the world, a wise man once said. People who love The Princess Bride, and people who haven’t seen it yet.
Maybe you have yet to succumb to the charms of the Bride, or maybe you’ve got an overdeveloped sense of vengeance that’s going to get you into trouble some day. Either way, Bristol Sunset Cinema is offering you the chance to kick back with a nice MLT (that’s mutton, lettuce and tomato) and watch The Princess Bride in the idyllic grounds of Blaise Castle (which we will have fun storming afterwards) on Saturday August 29th at 8.30pm.
Tickets cost £10 for adults, £5 for children under ten and are available from this link.
“Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…” What are you waiting for? Book now because it’s going to be very popular!
Tags: Bristol · Events · Movies
t’s nearly Fringe Time again, and on May 18th the BristolCon Fringe will be hosting Kristell Ink author Sophie E Tallis (White Mountain), and self-publishing whizz and Emaneska series author Ben Galley. It’s going to be a good one, so don’t miss it!
If you’d like to come along the event starts at 7.30 at the back room of the Shakespeare Tavern on Prince Street, central Bristol. It’s a free event and everyone is welcome – just turn up and say hi, grab a pint and a pudding and listen to some excellent fantasy readings.
You can join the BristolCon Fringe Facebook group here :
Fringe events are heaps of fun, and open to all, so feel free to come along!
Tags: Bristol · Events · Fringe
April 15th, 2015 · Comments Off on Open Mic at the BristolCon Fringe – April 20th 2015
Are you in the Bristol area? Fancy doing a five-minute reading before a friendly audience?
The BristolCon Fringe are putting on an Open Mic session on Monday April 20th at 7.30pm in the Shakespeare Tavern on Prince Street, Bristol. Readings will be five minutes long and you can read anything you like, flash, WIPs, extracts from short stories, poetry, whatever! No need to sign up in advance, just turn up with something to read and we’ll fit in as many of you as we can.
If you haven’t been to a Fringe event and you’re wondering what you might be letting yourself in for, it’s all very friendly and informal, and a great way to get through those first-reading nerves! We welcome published authors and people who are yet to be published on an equal basis.
You can sign up on the BristolCon Fringe Facebook page or just come along – it would be really nice to see lots of you there!
Tags: Bristol · Events · Fringe
April 13th, 2015 · Comments Off on Lawgiver Mk II – Dredd Convention Comes To Bristol – May 25th 2015
Listen up, Citizens!
All you perps better get along to the Hilton Doubletree (The BristolCon Hotel) on Monday May 25th 2015 (It’s a Bank Holiday – skipping work is an illegal activity, creep!) for Lawgiver II – The return of the best Dredd Convention in Brit-Cit. I understand the Judges will be out in force patrolling this event, and non-attendance will be punished by a spell in the Iso-cubes, so you’d better get signed up, citizen!
In the words of Judge Cherrybomb :
The year is 2079 and Dredd hits the streets of Mega-City One, where the craziest citizens – and therefore the weirdest of crimes imaginable – happen. This city is the toughest on Earth and to combat its harsh streets, you need the toughest of lawmen and the toughest going is Judge Joe Dredd!
Over the decades we have seen Dredd fighting crime in comics, novels, audio cds, fan films and two feature films. The latter 2012 film – DREDD, starring Karl Urban and Lena Headley – brought a new legion of fans to Mega-City One, as the portrayal of Judge Dredd by Karl Urban was universally enjoyed by fans and critics alike.
Now we have Lawgiver, the world’s only convention dedicated to Dredd fans! Lawgiver isn’t just dedicated to UK fans either; during the first Lawgiver, people travelled from mainland Europe to attend! This convention has been created by the fans, for the fans and with many creators in attendance there will be something for everyone. Creator panels (get your questions ready!), original art for sale, sketches to be drawn, books to be bought and signed and if you are lucky a pint or two at the bar with legends from the creative world of JUDGE DREDD! Further Justice Department Sanctioned activities will be announced but you’ll have to come along to see what!
Judges will be patrolling this event, including the classic comic style from Planet Replicas, the lauded Dredd 2012 film style and variations on both, so make sure you do one thing while you are enjoying yourself: OBEY THE LAW!
Tickets to this excellent event cost £25 and are available from Eventbrite – it’s more on the door!
Tags: Bristol · Events · Fandom
April 8th, 2015 · Comments Off on Purple Alert! Purple Alert! Price Rise Incoming! This Is Not A Daffodil!
The price for advance memberships for BristolCon 2014 rises to £25 on May 1st, so if you want to get your membership for £20, buy it before the end of the month – all the fun you can shake a stick at for a couple of Queenie vouchers….
March 21st, 2015 · Comments Off on North by Southwest Launch @ForbiddenPlanet 28/03/15
This BristolCon-sponsored anthology launches at the Bristol Megastore on Saturday 28th March from 1 – 2pm.
Join the authors for an eclectic and unlikely series of journeys through landscape and story!
North by Southwest brings together 15 original stories by 10 writers, all members of the North Bristol Writers group.
Bristol is a vibrant, creative city and the tales here are infused with that energy. Bristol has had such a great effect on transport through the ages – it’s an airplane city, a railway city and a port city – so naturally such themes recur, as does the theme of ‘North’.
• Margaret Carruthers
• Roz Clarke
• Clare Dornan
• Desiree Fischer
• Joanne Hall (Editor)
• John Hawkes-Reed
• Claire M Hutt (Artist)
• Ian Millsted
• Justine Newland
Come and meet the authors, have a chat, grab yourself a signed copy and enjoy the company – this won’t be formal event, just a chance to find some fabulous fiction!
Tags: Books · Events
March 11th, 2015 · Comments Off on Fantasy Faction Grim Gathering – Bristol – April 10th 2015
Fantasy Faction are bringing their semi-annual celebration of all things grim (and indeed dark. And Grimdark) in Fantasy to Waterstones in the Galleries, Bristol on April 10th 2015. Former BristolCon GOH Joe Abercrombie, along with former Fringe reader Peter Newman, Peter V Brett and Mark Lawrence will be taking part in a panel discussion followed by a q and a and a mass signing session.
This is the third Grim Gathering organised by those fine FF types, and it’s more of a social event than a typical book signing, and a chance to chat to authors in an informal and friendly setting.
This is a FREE event – all welcome! The fun kicks off at 7pm and goes on until late in a nearby pub. Hope to see some of you there!
March 10th, 2015 · Comments Off on BristolCon Fringe – March 16th 2015 – Christopher Cutting and Paul Cornell
The time for the monthly BristolCon Fringe is almost upon us once more – that crept up quickly! On March 16th we will be bringing you readings from local writer, actor and gent-about-town Christopher Cutting, and also from Doctor Who writer and author of the acclaimed Shadow Police novels Paul Cornell, (once voted “Nicest Man on the Planet” at BristolCon). You don’t want to miss this one – get there early to get a good seat!
If you’d like to come along the event starts at 7.30 at the back room of the Shakespeare Tavern on Prince Street. It’s a free event and everyone is welcome – just turn up and say hi, we don’t bite!
You can join the BristolCon Fringe Facebook group here :
Fringe events are heaps of fun, and open to all, so please feel free to come along!
March 8th, 2015 · Comments Off on BFS Open Night at Central Library
At the end of February Bristol Central Libraryy played host to an event supported by the British Fantasy Society. Our Chair, Joanne Hall, and 2012 GoH Gareth Powell read from their latest novels, Spark and Carousel and Macaque Attack, respectively, followed by a Q&A.
It was a great evening, helped along by the free wine donated by BristolCon!
Andrew Cox at Central Library and Richard Webb at the BFS were both instrumental in making it happen, and we look forward to working with them to bring you many more events.
Pictures courtesy of Cavan Scott.